Nightly News | August 17, 2013
>>> new battle is being waged in central idaho tonight against a massive wildfire not far from the sun valley resort. it's just one of several fires burning in idaho , while dozens more are raging throughout the west. nbc's miguel almaguer is near haley, idaho , for us tonight.
>> reporter: kate, good evening. some 700 firefighters are staging here tonight, many p of them coming from out of state, many of them camping right here about a mile from the fire's front lines . this t is a massive operation just to get this fire partly contained. the most dangerous wildfire burning in the country, tearing across idaho , exploding in size overnight, nearly 100,000 acres up in smoke. a wall of fast-moving flames now threatening 1600 homes, the national guard deployed to help thousands evacuate as this massive inferno closes in on three communities, including the sun valley ski resort .
>> just me, the lord and a garden hose .
>> reporter: mike wild saved his home but lost his shed.
>> i jumped into the roof and just basically consumed it in five to eight minutes.
>> reporter: facing extreme fire behavior and rugged terrain, the air attack in idaho is critical. the beaver creek fire is feeding on forest lond r land, difficult for ground times to reach. through the smoke and haze, it's unclear how many homes have been lost.
>> it's scary. the air quality is enough reason to get out of town.
>> reporter: the fire fight across the west is heating up, 34 fires in 11 states. light p ning has sparked many of them, including utah's patch springs fire burning outside salt lake city , destroying ten homes. in northern california , near lake tahoe , another blaze proving tough to contain and reach.
>> remember that it is just very steep terrain, very difficult to get in there.
>> reporter: another difficult and dangerous summer weekend for thousands of firefighters on the front lines . with ten major wildfires burning in idaho alone, this fire only 6% contained. overnight winds are not expected to help. kate?